Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Episode 30: The Price Is Right

Well, our Bandit trilogy night is behind us, and it certainly will live on in our memories for a long time to come (especially part 3, no matter how hard we try to erase it : ) For those of you who missed it, it was quite an experience. After viewing Bandit 1, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, Rob and I were feeling a little guilty about subjecting the crowd to parts 2 & 3. As such, we gave the audience an alternate choice in the form of The Blues Brothers (in keeping with the car chase theme). In a shocking development, the audience voted almost unanimously on watching Bandits 2 & 3. It takes something special to surprise this member of Team Fantasmo (e.g. The Apple), but I was left speechless. While I was utterly impressed by the bravery and reckless abandon of the vote, I was simultaneously horrified that we were actually going to have to soldier on through Bandit 3. We made it, but I can honestly say I never need to see Bandits 2 & 3 ever again (and I plan to make good on that). Fortunately, our next Fantasmo will go a long ways toward eliminating the aftertaste of Episode 29!

For our 30th outing, we’ll be getting back to basics and screening two horror classics, featuring the legendary Vincent Price. The first film, Masque of the Red Death, is a Poe adaptation directed by none other than B-movie maestro Roger Corman. It’s a surprisingly polished affair, and features terrific cinematography by Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now). Great stuff! Perhaps even more exciting is our second feature, Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm) which arrives in a newly restored version. I’ll be writing about this at length as we near the event, but suffice it to say you don’t want to miss this film on the big screen! Here are the vital statistics:

When: Friday, October 5

Where: Chesapeake Central Library

Films:

8:00 P.M. – Masque of the Red Death (Not Rated)

9:45 P.M. – Witchfinder General (Not Rated)

Also, don’t forget we have Monster Fest coming up on October 13. It’s a daylong horror convention held here at Central Library from 9-5. Following the convention, we’ll be hosting an all-night Fantasmo Horrorthon starting at 8:00 p.m. (ending at dawn). There’s going to be a lot of great films this year, and a few surprises. More details will follow soon, so keep watching the blog!

2 comments:

george booker said...

speaking of corman cinematographer turned one of a kind visionary director nic roeg, i'm screening "don't look now" at the bayside inn on october 30 at 7 pm.

in addition to stunning cinematography, making venice one of the saddest and most haunting locations ever, roeg's unconventional, non-linear editing style proves to be a perfect expression of donald sutherland's misunderstood pov in this "psychic thriller". sure, people will tell you about the sex (pretty legendary), but this movie will mostly stick to your brain as one of the creepiest, unshakable movies you'll ever see.

Jim Blanton said...

Absolutely! Don't Look Now is one of the great horror films. Unshakable is an apt descriptor. You won't find a more unsettling conclusion to a film - simulatenously creepy and heartbreaking.

Roeg is infamous for his sexually frank films (e.g. Performance, The Man Who Fell To Earth), but it is totally appropriate when taken in context, and therefore not exploitative. Yeah, it generates some talk, but by the end it's the last thing on your mind (save for the point it makes about the closeness of the couple).